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Renew for the Zoo Offering Free Animal Themed Signs to Promote Detroit Zoo Millage

July 20th 2016

Renew for the Zoo Offering Free Animal Themed Signs to Promote Detroit Zoo Millage (Renew for the Zoo, July 20, 2016) ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Penguins, frogs and tigers are staking out their territory on lawns across Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties to encourage support of the Detroit Zoo millage renewal.  The signs read, “Renew […]

2016 Candidate Interview Nicole Bedi for State Rep. Dist. 40

July 18th 2016

2016 Candidate Interview  Nicole Bedi for State Rep. Dist. 40 (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, July 17, 2016) Birmingham, MI – Democrat Nicole Bedi is running for State Representative for the 40th District which includes Birmingham, Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Hills and West Bloomfield.  She is running against incumbent Republican Michael D. McCready.  Neither have opponents in […]

2016 Candidate Interviews & Ballot Issues (Frequently Updated)

July 18th 2016

2016 Candidate Interviews & Ballot Issues (Frequently Updated) The oc115 believes in giving all political candidates a voice and a chance for readers to meet the people who want to represent them. So here is a series of video interviews. Not all races are listed, only those where we have an interview or story. “*” […]

Photos from the 2016 Oakland County Fair

July 16th 2016

Photos from the 2016 Oakland County Fair (C. Proxmire, July 16, 2016) Davisburg, MI – The Oakland County Fair is not just a day of rides, shows and animals.  It’s actually a 9 day fair with many people camping at the fair itself for the whole experience.  Kids from all over Oakland County come to […]

Guest Column: The Value of Street Trees

July 15th 2016

Guest Column: The Value of Street Trees (Robert J. Gibbs, AICP, ASLA, July 15, 2016) Trees are an indispensable component of good neighborhoods. When the right species are planted in the right place and cared for properly, many benefits are realized. Street trees soften hardscapes, buffer pedestrians from moving vehicles, and create “outdoor rooms” that […]

Two Bailiffs and Shooter Reported Dead at Berrien County Courthouse

July 11th 2016

Two Bailiffs and Shooter Reported Dead at Berrien County Courthouse (Compiled, July 11, 2016) St. Joseph, MI – Two bailiffs and a suspect are dead following a shooting at the Barrien County Courthouse.  According to WZZM 13 and various other outlets, the shooting took place at around 2:30pm. Watch for ongoing coverage at WZZM:  http://www.wzzm13.com/news/crime/shots-fired-at-berrien-county-courthouse/269776304 […]

Governor Vetoes Bill Eliminating Local Cost Sharing with MDOT

July 9th 2016

Governor Vetoes Bill Eliminating Local Cost Sharing with MDOT (John LaMacchia, Assistant Director of State Affairs, Michigan Municipal League, July 9, 2016) Lansing, MI  – On Friday morning the Governor vetoed SB 557. This bill would have eliminated the local cost sharing provision for cities over 25,000 on MDOT projects. The League and the bills […]

League of Women Voters Hosting Candidate Forums Through the Area

July 6th 2016

League of Women Voters Hosting Candidate Forums Through the Area (Compiled, League of Women Voters Oakland Area, July 6, 2016) The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.  Here are candidate forums through the area: […]

Testing Finds Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus in Oakland County

July 5th 2016

Testing Finds Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus in Oakland County (Oakland County Health Division, July 5, 2016)   The first mosquito pool testing positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) has been found in a trap set in Oakland County. Compared to last year, this is earlier in the summer season for a mosquito to test […]

FOIA Turns 50. Here is Why That Matters.

July 4th 2016

FOIA Turns 50.  Here is Why That Matters. (Crystal A. Proxmire, July 4, 2016) Washington DC – The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is the law that requires the Federal Government to operate with transparency and to disclose information that is requested by the public (including the media). There are exemptions to what information can […]

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